Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 17th Consecutive Year

Adults and children signing the Toyota Wall of Inspiration at the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Adults and children signing the Toyota Wall of Inspiration at the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Aside from seeing Toyota’s signature-wrapped vehicles bearing the National Veterans Wheelchair Games logo at the 2016 Games in Salt Lake City, Veteran athlete participants might also notice a local and national commitment by the car company to programs that support Veterans’ health, mobility and well-being.

The 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) – which take place June 27-July 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City – will again welcome Toyota as a national host sponsor, which includes support for the Games as well as sponsorship of the “Wall of Appreciation,” where Veteran athletes, family members and volunteers are invited to handwrite their messages of thanks and support.

“We are totally committed to our Veterans – the great men and women who have served our country,” said Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager for Toyota USA. ““We’ve had a relationship with Paralyzed Veterans of America going back to 1999, and each year, we try to do even more.”

Toyota also will provide a fleet of 12 loaner vehicles for official staff to drive as they commute to various event venues. Each vehicle will be wrapped with colorful graphics inspired by the NVWG logo.

Toyota also will present Paralyzed Veterans of America with a wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna featuring a graphic treatment honoring disabled Veterans for use in their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

As in past years, Veterans can view and tour one of Toyota Mobility’s wheelchair accessible vehicles at the Disabled Sports, Recreation and Fitness Expo, taking place Sunday, June 27, and featuring more than 100 sports and recreation organizations and companies that provide health, wellness and accessibility products. A unique display of wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna vans also will be featured adjacent to the competition area throughout the week.

“Toyota has a strong core message of mobility for all, and that includes those with disabilities,” Oldenburg said. “Our Veterans are a core part of that strategy, and we want to do as much as we can to serve them.”

The 36th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) – co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America – will feature 19 wheelchair sporting events and two exhibition sports for disabled Veterans June 27-July 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City.

Brittany Ballenstedt is a military spouse, freelance journalist and photographer in Washington, D.C.

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June 17, 2015                                                                                                             202-416-7667

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize American Airlines as Premier Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

 

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize American Airlines as the premier sponsor and the official airline of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21–26 in Dallas.

 

“American Airlines has really stepped up to support the Games and our wheelchair athletes,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “Each year hundreds of veterans with disabilities benefit from participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, thanks to the generous support of sponsors like American Airlines.”

 

As Premier Sponsor of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, American has donated 2.5 million American Airlines AAdvantage Miles to assist with travel costs for qualifying veteran athletes and support staff. In addition, American will serve as an host sponsor for the quad rugby and weightlifting competitions.

 

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans and VA, are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments, and who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.

 

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represents a significant commitment to the rehabilitation of our nations veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission, especially American Airlines, helps us to reach out and support more of our nation’s heroes,” said David Tostenrude, director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

 

Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Games will also feature a rowing exhibition. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.

 

For more information about the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.

 

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)

 

About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA’s adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.